This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

mesh-covered green beans

beautiful covered beans 1
beautiful covered beans 3 beautiful covered beans 2

I came across the beautiful beans last week in a plot at the Belmont Victory Gardens. Why are they covered with mesh? Does this keep the bean beetles off? They sure look great with no signs of beetle damage, unlike most plots around here. But then the adjacent and uncovered pole beans look good too.

Very nicely mulched with salt hay, too. I bought some stray/hay mulch that I will be spreading today in my gardens. I hope it looks as nice as this.



Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

Mysterious - Could the net be to support the plant??? I can't think of any other purpose (But when you took the net off to pick they might flop.)

August 28, 2010 4:27 PM

Blogger TheRev said...

Could be to keep the rabbits away. I found many of my bush beans nibbled from the bottom with only a nub left hanging from the stem.

August 29, 2010 11:44 AM

Blogger Matron said...

I might try netting my beans next year because Buddy keeps eating the leaves!! PS, would you like to send in a picture of Skippy for my forthcoming 'dogblog' ? hope so!

August 29, 2010 2:59 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I bet its for rabbit protection. That makes sense. They must have some holes in their garden fence.

I will definitely add to your dogblog, Matron., Thanks for letting me know!

August 29, 2010 10:32 PM


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